Cruise Day 2: A More Successful Day and More Stars!

Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

The morning started bright and early for the team: an 8 am departure from Shilshoals Marina and heading west to the other side of Puget Sound for our first station. After all the kinks of the first day, operations are now running smoothly. The weather today was overcast, which meant it was coooold – in the 40s, but on the water it feels a lot colder.

IMG_4378Cold morning on the Sound!

Today we hit a total of 7 stations on our cruise track from Seattle to Port Townsend, including stops at sites which previously harbored very large sea star populations or where disease had been noted in 2013 – 2015. At our first 3 stations we didn’t recover any sea stars by trawl, but did find a large array of sea pens, rocks, and shells.

However, at our fourth site between Clinton and Langley adjacent to Whidbey Island, we did…

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